Former North West Senator, David Wallang Kidnapped by Alleged Separatists

Mr. David Wallang, a former senator from the North West Region of Cameroon has been kidnapped by alleged English Speaking Separatist fighters. Reports say the gunmen abducted him from his Bamenda residence at about 7 pm and drove him off to an undisclosed location.

The unfortunate incident happened on February 3, 2020 as preparations heighten for Cameroon’s National Youth Day.  An event separatist fighters planned to disrupt.

Mr. David Wallang is pioneer senator and the chairman of the Board of Public Contracts in the Menchum Division

Witnesses say armed men took the former senator by surprise as he stepped out from his car around his residence. They emerged from the bushes, seized him and put him inside a car and drove off.

Similarly, former senator David Wallang had been abducted in 2016 by Separatists fighters. It is believed he spent 10 days in captivity and was only released after a XAF 3.5 million (about USD 6,000) ransom had been paid to his abductors. 

The Separatists then had accused Mr. David Wallang of not supporting the Anglophone cause. They also told him his continuous association with the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement, CPDM had made him to be viewed as a traitor.

Nevertheless, Mr. Wallang David has stood firm in denouncing the secession of Anglophones from Cameroon. In an exclusive interview with Gina Informs last year, he said “Secession won’t solve the Anglophone crisis, but rather working with the Government and urging her for a Decentralized System and eradication of the marginalization of Southern Cameroonians will be the best.”

He also proposed that urging the state to call for peace talks so that solutions to the Anglophone crisis can be sought will be the first step to peace.

Separatist fighters meanwhile are believed to have vowed to torment the former senator and his family should he fail to cease all his affiliations to the CPDM party and other Government activities. As of now, all our efforts to reach the former senator’s family for first-hand reactions have been futile. Gina Informs will share details with you once we have an update.  

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